A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for instruction and illustration, writing and editing, and design of all kinds in the world of things made with string as Beth Whiteside Design. She's taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annie's Craft Store and Craftsy/Bluprint. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each student's knowledge and skill, opening their mind to new creative possibilities. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on one another. Beth's love of teaching is driven by a search for the 'Aha!' moment and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs turn on in her student's heads.
STITCHES Midwest 2015 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP5 Basic Edgier Edges
Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast-on/cast-off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as jewelry!
Materials: 20-30 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a solid, light, or bright color; knitting needles in size recommended on ball band.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT33 Basic Introducing I-cord
What is I-cord, you ask? Only the most versatile cord ever unvented! In this class youâ€™ll learn how to make basic Stockinette stitch I-cord, how to scale it up and down, and how to add color with 1-row stripes. From practical handles and drawstrings to decorative fringe and jewelry, versatile I-cord is a great addition to your knitting toolbox.
Materials: #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 20 yds each in 2 light or bright colors; set of double-pointed needles in size appropriate for yarn.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT2 Basic Continental Knitting
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
PP12 Basic Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.
Sponsored by XRX Books Booth 601.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
CC5 Intermediate Stranded Color
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10Â˝ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
XT11 Basic Split Rings Using Clover's New Bobbin Tatting Shuttle
Youâ€™ve made rings and chains, and combined the two, now youâ€™re ready for a new challenge.Â Add Split Rings to your skills by making these sweet little roses.Â Youâ€™ll find lots of other uses for split rings, from bridging one round to another, to adding decorative elements to otherwise simple designs.Â But here's the bonus â€” you can do all of this with Clover's new Bobbin Tatting Shuttle. You can pre-wind all of your bobbins and simply insert them into the shuttle as needed for smooth, uninterrupted tatting. Join us and explore this useful trick to make your tatting patterns blossom!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT32 Basic I-cord on the Edge
Edge your knitting as you work it! In class you'll create a swatch with I-cord edges worked at the same time, learn how to turn a corner, execute an I-cord bind-off, and create I-cord button loops. We'll discuss additional ways to edge with I-cord, as well as how to handle gauge considerations. Turn your swatch into a cuff or a coin purse!
Note: Must know how to work a basic stockinette stitch I-cord.
Materials: 20 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, set of double-pointed needles in size appropriate for yarn.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT16 Basic Circular from the Inside Out
Are you used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out. Working on double-pointed needles, youâ€™ll learn an easier way to start in the center while knitting a cute coaster (or two!). Weâ€™ll
talk about increase types, as well as their placement for design purposes (spokes, spirals and concentric circles).
Materials: 70 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in light/bright color; 1 set US 7 double-pointed needles; US H hook.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.